Courses and Events

Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre has more than twenty five years’ experience in designing and providing Outdoor Education and Adventure sports.

Our courses and programmes are available to individuals and groups and include:

  • Corporate and Team Building courses
  • Outdoor Activity Instructor Training
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities
  • Certified Courses in all activity areas
  • Environmental Education
  • Rescue and Emergency Care (first aid for remote locations)

We aim to accommodate any individual or group seeking outdoor education or adventure learning in Donegal.


Corporate Team Building Courses

Team building programmes at Gartan are motivational, fun and very effective.  The outdoor setting provides challenges that test decision making, leadership and cooperation skills in an unfamiliar setting.  To ensure your needs are met programmes can be designed with you in advance of your visit. During the courses our instructors monitor progress and observe participants within different team building scenarios.

Aim: To set specific group objectives and achieve team goals.

Objectives:  To enable participants to:-

  • Communicate effectively
  • Manage time
  • Adapt to change
  • Make decisions
  • Assume leadership roles
  • Problem solve
  • Increase self awareness
  • Work cooperatively

Team Building – Team Tasks

Team Building – Adventure Challenges


Search & Rescue Exercise

This is a scenario based team building exercise (e.g. hill walking scenario). The group is sub-divided into smaller teams. Each team is given a map and an area to search for a missing casualty. Using only the materials provided the team must treat the casualty and conduct a safe rescue from the hill.

Team members must collaborate to bring the casulty to base.

The members of the search and rescue teams will use map reading, communication, delegation, decision making and leadership skills to ensure  effectiveness.


If you are looking for a specific course not listed here, please do not hesitate to call our office on Tel:0749137032 or Email:


Night Paddle @ Gartan Lough 2018

Night Paddle @ Gartan Lough 2018

Written by on October 25, 2016 in Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Atmospheric night paddle on Gartan Lough.  Join us at Gartan to admire the night sky from the tranquillity of Gartan lough. It will be a beautiful evening for all to enjoy. We are hoping for clear weather and calm conditions.  We can provide kayak or canoe, paddle and buoyancy aid.  We can provide a wetsuit […]

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Learn To Kayak 2017

Written by on October 19, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Learn to Kayak in only 4 hours!  Gartan Lough is the beautiful setting for our  ‘Learn to kayak’ sessions. This is a wonderful opportunity to become more proficient at kayaking during your leisure time.  Sessions have been scheduled around adults who may be working during the day. The sessions are run over two evening for […]

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Gartan Challenge Adventure Race

Written by on August 30, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Adventure race based around the idyllic setting of Gartan Lough!! Two superb, challenging courses suitable for both the novice and the experienced adventure racer. First start at 8am. Short Course   30k Stages Distance Run 3.53k Kayak 1k Cycle 1 8.5k Trail Run 5.12k Cycle 2 11.56k   Long Course   46k Stages Distance Run 6.73k Kayak […]

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Outdoor Activity Instructor Course 2017 – 2018

Outdoor Activity Instructor Course 2017 – 2018

Written by on March 16, 2016 in Courses, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

Are you interested in a career in the Great Outdoors? Recruitment for the ‘Donegal ETB Outdoor Activity Instructor ‘ course at Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre occurs in September each year and commences in October. The course is Full-Time and 51 weeks duration. Suitable applicants will be interested in pursuing a career in outdoor […]

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Field Trips @ Gartan OETC

Field Trips @ Gartan OETC

Written by on February 9, 2016 in Adventure Courses, Field Studies, Uncategorized with 0 Comments

  We are so fortunate to be based on an 87 acre woodland estate rich in flora and fauna and ideal for hosting school field trips. Our accessible study location is only a 20 minute drive from Letterkenny in County Donegal. We offer sessions for primary school pupils on biodiversity, leave no trace and people […]

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